Wednesday, February 23, 2011

DAB Kwik Seal Kitchen & Bath D-U-D!

This past holiday weekend I rolled up my sleeves and got to work on fixing the caulking around the top of my tub.  There was a little bit of mold showing through the clear caulking on the tub that I discovered when removing the decorative rubber piece the previous owners had installed. 

I inquired with my handy man father on how to do this process and went to the ever trusty YouTube to do a little more research before setting up to work.  I followed the steps my father had laid out wich matched this YoutTube video:

Note: The only addition I would make next time is to put masking tape on the top and bottom to form an outline where the caulking should go.

I ensured the tub was clean and doubly dry before opening the DAB Kwik Caulk Kitchen & Bath caulk I picked up from Home Depot and applying the caulk to the tub and tile.

The packing said to wait at least 36 hours before using the shower.  This afternoon at 3:30 P.M., just short of 48 hours 48 hour mark, I rinsed the tub with luke warm water and shower cleaner.  As the water rolled down the wall I ran my finger over the fresh caulk and noticed the caulking flecking off in bunches from around the section where the tile meets the tub.  I ran my finger over the caulk and noticed the remenants on my finger resembled a milky finish.  I looked again and noticed a part of the moulding between the tub tile underneath was showuing through.  The caulk was coming off. in either milk or flake format.  What a complete waste of time.

I ventured over to Home Depot with receipt in hand and returned the caulking.  I ventured over the to the pain section where Home Depot has the caulking and noticed one of the workers there restocking the shelves.  I retold my story of what happenned and showed her the product I used.  She couldn't believe it happenned but recommended the GE Silicone caulking and proceeded to help me out choosing the right one based on colour and purpose and ensured I had a caulking gun to do the job.  I ventured to the check out and left store. 

I now have spent over three days about three hours on this project and am no further ahead than I was before.  I now have to remove the remenants of the old DAP caulking, scrub the newly exposed section with a mixture of bleach and water with a tooth brush, let dry, tape the top and bottom, recaulk, remove the masking tape and wait yet another 48 hours for the caulking to set.

DAP = Mike is no longer a customer / user.

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